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The Roberts Brothers

                                            Played Music in Winfield, Kansas.
Note: I have had trouble trying to figure this one out. Furthermore, at times only the name “Roberts” appeared and I could not figure out if it referred to someone who could sing or meant someone who played an instrument. It appears that there were three brothers (Albert T., Charlie, and Clarence). Later another “Albert Roberts” joined them. MAW
Roberts family from Ohio, settle in Pleasant Valley Township...
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.
A family named Roberts, late of Ohio, have settled in Pleasant Valley Township; and each member of the family being a musician, are giving weekly concerts at the schoolhouse in that neighborhood.
Roberts Brothers...
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.
On last Thursday evening as pleasant and select party as ever before assembled in Southern Kansas, assembled at the Courthouse in this city. The skies were cloudless and it was a most beautiful evening, though very cold—so cold and chilly that many who were invited could not attend. Notwithstanding, there were about thirty-five couples in attendance, all of whom expressed themselves as never enjoying themselves better and as being well pleased with the party in general. At 11;30 p.m., supper was called, which was served in good style at the Williams House. At 12 o’clock the party reassembled, the musicians resumed their positions, and tripping of the “light fantastic toe” was engaged in with rare vigor. The long-to-be-remembered party concluded at half past 2 o’clock with the “Scotch Real,” after which about seventy-five happy persons, two by two, reluctantly wended their way homeward, regretting that Thanksgiving parties are given but once a year. The music, furnished by the Roberts Bros. and Will Marshal, was splendid.
Roberts, Pleasant Valley...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
Mr. Roberts is conducting a singing school at the Excelsior schoolhouse. Mr. Roberts is an excellent singer, and takes much pleasure in teaching his scholars to apply the notes correctly. A. E. H.
Roberts Brothers...
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
                                                      Dramatic Entertainment.
At the courthouse, Monday evening, April 15th.
First act of “Rip Van Winkle,” with Chas. McGinnis as Rip.
Violin duet by the Roberts Brothers.
To conclude with “The Persecuted Dutchman.”
Reserved seats 35 cents; for sale at McCommon & Harter’s.
[Note: From the next item it appears that Prof. Roberts and his family moved to Vernon Township. However, I am not certain that the next article applies to them.]

Prof. Roberts and family, Rose Bud, Vernon Township...
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
Finally they did get a singing school started at Nose Bud under the tutorage of Prof. Roberts and family. Now we shall expect to hear some melodies singing in our Sunday school with good leaders and one hundred and twenty-six scholars as a choir we intend to “raise the neighbors.”
                                  [Believe it should be “Rose Bud,” not “Nose Bud.]
Music by Mr. (?) Roberts???...
                                                       Wedding Reception.
Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.
A reception was given by Mr. and Mrs. David Wilson at their residence on last Friday evening, which proved to be a grand success. The happy couple entertained their guests, numbering upward of forty, magnificently. At half-past ten supper was announced, whereupon the entire company seated themselves around the hospitable board especially prepared for the occasion, and laden with all the luxuries imaginable. The good pies, cakes, etc., were sought after in the most approved style. The table was richly decorated with the choicest flowers of the season.
After supper the company indulged in literary exercises, which consisted of music by Mr. Roberts, select reading by J. L. Rushbridge, songs by Mrs. Rushbridge, Annie Clark, and Mr. Craig as well as select readings by the bridegroom and A. B. Taylor. At the conclusion of the entertainment prayer was offered by Rev. Lahr, when the company withdrew to their respective homes. May the pathway of life of the bride and groom be strewn with all the blessings allotted to mortals here on earth, is the wish of your
Roberts Brothers...
Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.
The “Cantata of the Seasons,” under the management of Mr. and Mrs. Kessler, was repeated at the M. E. Church on Wednesday evening of last week with the same eclat which greeted its first appearance. Mrs. Kessler performed exquisitely on the piano, assisted by Mrs. Earnest and Prof. Farringer. The Roberts Bros. furnished string band music of the highest order, while the performance of the vocalists, Mesdames Kelly, Holloway, Buckman, Swain, Earnest; Misses Coldwell, Dever, Stewart, Bryant, Bliss; and Messrs. Roberts, Buckman, Holloway, Holloway, Bliss, Payson, Chamberlain, Harris, Richmond, Root, Evans, and Berkey were very fine indeed. The Cantata company will soon commence to rehearse “Queen Esther” with a view to inaugurate Manning’s Hall, when completed, by the presentation of that beautiful cantata.
Roberts Brothers...
Winfield Courier, September 19, 1878.
The many attendants at the fair last week were delighted with the music furnished so freely by T. A. Wilkinson and the Roberts Brothers.
Winfield Courier, October 10, 1878.
                                                          The Yellow Fever.

The concert given by the Odd Fellows for the benefit of the yellow fever sufferers was well attended notwithstanding the muddy condition of our streets on account of the recent rains. The concert was opened by the I. O. O. F., in regalia, and consisted of a short address by M. G. Troup, singing by Lodge, and prayer by J. W. Curns. Then came music by orchestra, followed by a quartette by Mr. and Mrs. Holloway, Miss Thomas, and Prof. Farringer. . . . OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Misses Dover and Hane, Mr. Wilkinson, Willie Farringer, Roberts Brothers, Misses Lillie Wilson, May Beach, and Mary Schofield. Net receipts were about $60, with $10 of expense, leaving about fifty dollars to be forwarded to the suffering South. The Odd Fellows deserve great credit in taking hold of this project with so much zeal. Mr. Hoenscheidt is especially deserving of credit for his labor in arranging and working up the matter, as is also Prof. Farringer for arranging the musical performances.
Prof. A. T. Roberts...
Winfield Courier, February 13, 1879.
Prof. A. T. Roberts received last Saturday a $65 cornet, to use in the Winfield Cornet Band.
Albert Roberts marries Annie Clark: moving to Wellington...
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
Married. Mr. Albert Roberts and Miss Annie Clark were married on the 14th, the Rev. J. Albert Hyden tying the silken cord that will hereafter bind them. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts will remove to Wellington.
Clarence Roberts...
Winfield Courier, February 5, 1880.
Last Saturday evening Clarence Roberts was kicked by a horse, and had his head severely cut. He was placed under the care of Dr. Wright and is now doing well.
Albert Roberts, musician, returns to Winfield...
Winfield Courier, March 31, 1881.
Albert Roberts, a splendid musician, has returned to Winfield, and will make his home with us hereafter.
Roberts and brother, musicians?...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 11, 1882.
While in Winfield last week we happened into the store of D. F. Best, Musical Instrument and Sewing Machine Dealer. Mr. Best has an elegant line of organs and machines, which from the prices he has given us, are undoubtedly bargains. Mr. Roberts, an employee of the house, and his brother, favored us with some excellent music, which spoke volumes for the skill of the per­formers and for the quality of the instruments.
Roberts Brothers...
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.
                                                        IVANHOE PARTY.

The Ivanhoe Club, which has been holding regular meetings all winter, gave an entertainment on Tuesday evening to which their friends were invited. Over three hundred invitations were given and with but few exceptions were responded to by the presence of those invited. A program consisting of select readings, recitations, and music was rendered, after which the guests were invited to remain and participate in a social dance. Each and every part was well sustained and the entire evening was satisfactorily passed, the audience expressing themselves well pleased. The entertainment opened by a chorus by the club, entitled “Be Happy.”
Mr. Chas. H. Connell then recited in an excellent manner a poem by C. G. Eastman called “A Snow-storm.” It depicted a New England scene in mid winter and Mr. Connell brought out the beauties of the poem in an interesting and spirited manner.
Miss McCoy rendered upon the piano, Mill’s “Tarantolle,” which was beautifully performed and well received, after which a short temperance piece called “A Toast” was given by Miss Jessie Millington.
A duet, “Two Loving Sisters,” by two charming young ladies, Miss Jennie Hane and Miss Josie Bard, was beautifully sung. Miss Bard sings without any apparent effort and has a sweet, well cultivated voice which it is always a pleasure to listen to, while Miss Hane’s alto is superb.
Mr. W. H. Smith read “The Chapel Bell,” an excellent poem by J. G. Saxe. It is needless to say that it was well read.
Misses McCoy, Beeny, and Bard then favored the company by a finely executed piano trio “Fra Diavolo” by Czerny.
“Paul Revere’s Ride,” recited by Miss Florence Beeny, was one of the finest selections on the program and Miss Beeny did it full justice, her rendition showing a full conception of the subject and a perfectly cultivated voice.
A beautiful solo, “When the tide comes in,” by William Harrison, was sung by Miss Josie Bard and was received with enthusiasm. She was loudly encored, which was responded to in their behalf by Mr. Connell, by request of the club, with the charming Irish son of “The Horse shoe Over the Door,” which delighted the audience as well.
That grand old poem, “Oh, Why Should the Spirit of Mortal be Proud?” was read in an expressive manner by Mr. F. C. Hunt, which was followed by a piano recitation by Miss Beeny, which was beautiful.
“An Order for a Picture,” one of Alice Carey’s sweet poems, was read by Mr. W. C. Robinson in a natural and expressive style and received many compliments. Mr. Robinson then made a few remarks relative to the proceedings of the club meetings heretofore and expressed much pleasure in entertaining the friends of the Ivanhoe Club, and announced the next meeting on next Tuesday evening at the residence of Mr. M. L. Robinson.
Messrs. Snow and Buckman and Misses Bard and Hane closed the literary part of the entertainment with a “Good Night” song and the audience was dismissed, a large number of whom remained to participate in the dance, which with the excellent music furnished by the Roberts Brothers, was enjoyed by all.
The club wish to express their thanks to Mrs. Buckman for the use of her piano, and to Messrs. Buckman and Snow for their kindness in lending their voices to perfect the music.
Albert Roberts, Roberts Brothers...
Winfield Courier, December 21, 1882.

The Opera House programs for some time past have been advertising Mr. Crippen as leader of the Winfield Orchestra. This is a mistake. Mr. Crippen is the leader of the Courier Cornet Band and a member of the Orchestra. Albert Roberts is the leader of the Orchestra, and his skill and fine musical ability has made the institution one of the most popular in the county. As skilled musicians the Roberts Brothers are not excelled in this section of the country.
Roberts Brothers, Charlie Roberts ill...
Winfield Courier, March 1, 1883.
The Roberts brothers furnish the music at the Opera House this week.
Charlie Roberts, bass violinist of the Winfield orchestra, has been very low for the past three weeks with hemorrhage of the lungs.
Albert Roberts...
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1883.
The Courier Band has been presented with a splendid overture composed and written by Albert Roberts, one of its members. The composition exhibits many rare points of musical excellence and is a valuable acquisition to the band portfolio. Albert is a most thorough and painstaking musician, and the finest tuba player in Kansas.
Roberts (Roberts Brothers?)...
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
The benefit ball Friday evening was a very pleasant affair, although the attendance was not as large as might have been expected. The hall was nicely arranged and the music, by Messrs. Roberts, Crippen, Smith, and Stimson was simply magnificent. The ladies’ costumes were elegant in the extreme, and indicate that Winfield is rapidly becoming a fashionable city. Several parties were present from a distance. The entertainment netted the band about twenty-five dollars.
Prof. Roberts (?): One of the Roberts Brothers?...
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
Miss Nettie McCoy and class will give a concert at the Presbyterian Church, Monday evening, April 2nd, and will be assisted by the Courier Band and Prof. Roberts’ orchestra. The friends of the class, and all interested, are invited. Doors open 7:30; concert begins at 8. Admission free.
Roberts Brothers: Clarence, Albert, and Charlie.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1883.
DIED. Young Mr. Roberts, a brother of Clarence and Al. Roberts, died Sunday evening at 10 o’clock, at his father’s house near Geuda Springs. He has been suffering for a long time with hemorrhage of the lungs.
Clarence Roberts of Roberts Brothers...
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.
Clarence Roberts has returned from his tour as musician for Waite’s Union Square Theatre Company.
Roberts Brothers: Albert, Cornet; Clarence, violin...
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
The Baptist Sunday school is on a boom. There were 321 in attendance last Sabbath. The Sunday school choir has an addition to it lately of Mr. Albert Roberts with his cornet and Clarence with the violin.

Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 19, 1883.
H. H. L. C. The first lecture of the 1883-4 course was given at the opera house last Friday night by Miss Minna Wright. The lady is an accomplished elocutionist, and her rending of the evening’s programme was superb. . . . A special and enjoyable feature of the evening was the musical selections of instrumental music rendered by Messrs. Farringer and Roberts, of Winfield, in the execution of which they could not be surpassed.
Albert Roberts (harp) and Clarence Roberts (violin)...
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
Mr. Al. Roberts has received a splendid Italian harp and is furnishing excellent music with it for the bi-weekly hops of the Pleasant Hour Club. With Frank McClain, of Cambridge, playing the cornet, Clarence Roberts the violin, and Al. the harp, the music for last Friday evening’s dance could not have been better, and with the splendid prompting of Mr. Chas. Gay, made the occasion very enjoyable. These hops are a great factor in the city’s social life, and are always well attended.
Roberts, Glee Club, Winfield???...
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
                                    BURDEN’S REPUBLICAN ENTHUSIASM.
A number of our citizens attended the Blaine and Logan pole raising at Burden on Monday and report the biggest crowd that our sister city, considering all her previous big days, ever saw. And the enthusiasm was equal to the magnificent crowd. The Winfield Glee Club, composed of Messrs. Blair, Snow, Roberts, Shaw, and Crozier, with Prof. Stimson, organist, and Burden’s two splendid brass bands, furnished the best of music for the occasion, while Messrs. Jennings and Asp delivered rousing addresses. The pole was one hundred and twenty-five feet high and was raised without an accident. In striking contrast was this demonstration to the Democratic pole raising at the same place a few weeks ago, when they had to call on Republicans to help boost their poor old stick into the air; where no music, no speaking, and no crowd were the principal attractions—a regular Democratic fizzle. Burden and vicinity are rife with true-blue, energetic, intelligent Republicans, and the fact that enough Democrats can’t be found to raise a Cleveland and Hendricks pole is the greatest index to the prosperity, substantial and general enterprise of that sprightly little city and surrounding territory.
Roberts, Glee Club???...
Winfield Courier, October 16, 1884.
                            [Skipped most of the big, long-winded headers on article.]
                                            INGALLS, MARTIN & PERKINS.

Monday was a day which will be long remembered in the political history of Cowley. The morning opened with a drizzling rain, but by ten o’clock Old Sol smiled serenely down, drying things off, and leaving a pure, balmy atmosphere. By noon our streets were alive with people, all with joyous step, beaming eyes, and eager words, exhibiting the greatest enthusiasm for the Republican County, State, and National tickets. All day the crowd was occasionally augmented by a newly arrived delegation from some surrounding city or town and by night all was crowd and jam. Many of our business houses were gaily festooned with red, white, and blue bunting and the National flag appeared in all quarters, in honor of that party which made a glorious record on many a bloody field during the dark days from 1860 to 1864; in honor of that party which needs not to apologize for the past, to blush for its present, or to shrink in dread from its future. The crowd seemed animated, jolly, and patient, yet intensely concerned in the great interests and issues at sake, and all eagerly manifested their loyalty and devotion to the great and grand party of Lincoln, Garfield, Sumner, Grant, Sherman, Blaine, and Logan. Uniformed Blaine and Logan clubs were present from Arkansas City, Burden, New Salem, Wellington, and other surrounding towns while the Wellington Cornet Band joined with our Courier Cornet and Juvenile Bands in furnishing splendid entertainment for the vast crowd. The bands were untiring and received many praises from all. But especially notable were the campaign songs of the Cowley County Glee Club, Frank Blair, leader, and Messrs. Buckman, Roberts, Snow, and Shaw, members, with Prof. Stimson, organist. Their many renditions at the Opera House in the afternoon and evening were received with hilarious applause and won them fame, as was evidenced by the numerous invitations they received to attend rallies at different places. They made a name which would make the famous Topeka Modock Club sick with envy.
                                             WINFIELD DIRECTORY 1885.
Roberts Albert, teamster, res 800 e 12th
Roberts A T, rubber stamps, res 213 e 11th
Roberts Chas. A, musician, res 1421 Manning
A. T. Roberts...
                                                     CITY LEGISLATURE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
The following bills were ordered paid:
A. T. Roberts, rubber stamp, $4.
A. T. Roberts...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
The old City Council held its last meeting Monday evening.
The following bills were ordered paid.
                                                A. T. Roberts, dog tags, $2.25.
Excerpt: Roberts, music...
                         THE G. A. R. AND W. R. C. SCORE A BIG SUCCESS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
Winfield celebrated Memorial Day in a truly memorable manner. It was a perfect May day, cool, calm and bright, and all nature was at her loveliest. And the exercises, inaugurated and conducted by the Grand Army and Woman’s Relief Corps, in honor of the country’s dead heroes, were as perfect and enchanting as the day itself.


Long before the hour of morning services, standing room was unattainable in the Baptist church. The G. A. R. and Woman’s Relief Corps met at their hall and marched to the church,  over a hundred strong, where seats had been reserved for them. The floral decorations were lovely. Over the pulpit, embowered in evergreens, were the portraits of Lincoln, Garfield, and Lyon, embellished with stars and the words, “Im Memory of our Dead Heroes.” On either side hung the stars and stripes, while at the left of the pulpit stood a marble monument, festooned with crape and wreathed with flowers. The front of the pulpit was a perfect sea of beautiful flowers and plants; all the decorations exhibiting the taste and energy of the ladies of the Woman’s Relief Corps. The music, vocal and instrumental, was sublime. The national airs by the cornet orchestra, Messrs. Crippen, Roberts, Bates and Shaw, with Miss Lola Silliman, organ accompanist, thrilled the audience and elicited the highest praises. “There is one vacant chair” and “Lincoln’s Funeral March” were especially fine. The music to the latter was rearranged for the orchestra by Mr. Crippen and as rendered by them stands absolutely unexcelled. The strains were as low, sweet, and perfect as though wafted from fairy land. The selections of the choir, Mrs. J. S. Mann, Miss Lena Walrath, and Messrs. Buckman and Silliman, with Miss Silliman at the organ, also exhibited unique musical taste and ability. “Rest, Soldier, Rest,” by Sargeant, and “Cover them over with Beautiful Flowers,” one of Will Carleton’s most beautiful poetic productions, were rendered entrancingly. Rev. B. Kelly and Rev. J. H. Reider assisted in the pulpit exercises.
The Memorial address was delivered by Dr. W. R. Kirkwood. For depth of thought, pathos, polish, and practical application, it shines as a diamond. With much pleasure THE COURIER presents it in full.
Roberts, music...
                                                     DECORATION DAY!!
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
Saturday was a grand day for Winfield. A brighter, calmer, or more lovely day was never seen; it was perfect. At an early hour the streets began to show unusual animation and by noon all was crowd and jam. People from everywhere were present to exhibit patriotism in honoring the fallen heroes. By one o’clock the Opera House was jammed full for the address of Rev. B. Kelly. The Grand Army and Woman’s Relief Corps marched in platoons and occupied reserved seats. The Cornet Orchestra and Messrs. Crippen, Roberts, Bates, and Shaw were again present to the delight of the audience. Among several beautiful selections, they again rendered “Lincoln’s Funeral March.” If there is a more sublime piece of music than this, as rendered by these gentlemen, it has never been heard. It arouses enthusiastic praises every time rendered. The vocal music by the quartette composed of Mrs. Fred Blackman, Miss Lizzie McDonald, and Messrs. Charles Slack and Louis Brown, accompanied by Miss Maude Kelly on the organ, was grand and appropriate. Their appearance on the rostrum is always an assurance of music unexcelled. The audience arose in prayer by Post Chaplain, A. B. Arment, when Rev. Kelly delivered his address. It was a magnificent production, and delivered with Mr. Kelly’s great enthusiasm, stirred the soul of every hearer, and brought forth loud and frequent applause. It is with much pleasure THE COURIER presents it in full.
Music: Roberts...
                                            THURSDAY NIGHT’S SOCIAL.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.

It used to be said that about the driest and most unsocial gatherings one could attend was a church social. It isn’t so, by any means, of church socials now-a-days, at least not those given in Winfield. There is a generous rivalry between our church organizations as to which can give the pleasantest entertainments—preserving that high plane of moral excellence that all exhibitions in the name of a church should have. Of course the double purpose of these meetings is to secure funds for contingent church expenses and to give those in attendance a pleasurable evening. In addition to this they afford an opportunity for the ministers and flocks to meet and converse with members of their churches on other than strictly church topics, and also to extend their acquaintance among those who, while not always “believers,” are often “supporters” of churches. It is at these gatherings that the real genuine minister of the gospel sows the seeds of charity, courtesy, and kindred virtues from which a hopeful harvest may afterward be reached. The world dislikes the pinch-faced, over-particular and ever sanctimonious person about as much as the truly good hate the sniveling hypocrite. And it goes without saying that the most popular minister and the most influential one for good is he who can occasionally lay aside the “robes of priestly office” and mingle among his neighbors much like other men. Not that he should forget his calling, and engage in amusements the nature of which brings him into dispute among his followers, but he may, with perfect propriety, take a hand in any one of the half a hundred pastimes which please the young folks and entertain “children of larger growth.” THE COURIER notes with pleasure that Winfield pastors belong to that school which refuses to crucify the body because it enjoys a hearty laugh, or condemns the soul to everlasting perdition because it finds convivial spirits while on earth. But we have wandered somewhat from our text—the Methodist social. It was one of the most enjoyable. Men and matrons, belles and beaux, girls and boys, were all there in full force, with their winsome smiles and pretty array. Of course, the main attraction, aside from the congeniality of those present, were the ice cream, raspberries, etc. There were six tables presided over by Mrs. C. D. Austin and Mrs. Dr. Pickens; Mrs. W. R. McDonald and Misses Maggie Bedilion and Nina Conrad; Mrs. W. H. Thompson and Mrs. J. W. Prather; Mrs. A. H. Green and Misses Anna Green and Hattie Andrews; Mrs. G. L. Rinker and Mrs. James Cooper; Mrs. S. G. Gary, Mrs. N. R. Wilson, and Miss Hattie Glotfelter, and a very busy and attentive bevy they were. The cream ran out long before the crowd was supplied—though they started in with twenty gallons or more. The Methodist orchestra, Messrs. Crippen, Shaw, Bates, Roberts, and Newton, with Miss Kelly at the organ, furnished beautiful music during the evening. It was a most enjoyable entertainment throughout. The seats having been removed, awaiting the placing of the new ones, the church made an excellent place for such an entertainment.
                                     NEW SALEM PENCILINGS. “OLIVIA.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
The Roberts brothers bought the wild pony of the Condert boys.
Albert Roberts...
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers, filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
                    Albert Roberts et ux to Ella E Fleming, lot 7, blk 271, Winfield: $825
Charles Roberts, Clarence Roberts, Albert T. Roberts, Albert Roberts...
                                        WINFIELD TO THE FRONT AGAIN.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

Lieut. J. E. Snow, drum major of the Courier Cornet Band, informs us that in accordance with an order recently issued by Gov. Martin to the different regimental commanders throughout the state, Col. L. N. Woodcock, of Wichita, has designated this band as the regimental band of the Second Regiment Kansas National Guards, embracing six or eight adjoining counties. Captain C. E. Steuven, of Co. C., Second Regiment, has received a special order to muster the band into the service if they accept the position, which we are very confident they will do. This is a well deserved compliment to the Courier Band, and one which was unsought. It is not only a compliment to the band, but a compliment to our city and county. Col. Woodcock had within his district several good bands from which to make his selection. Our people are becoming educated to the style and quality of music now rendered by this organization, and begin to appreciate it as they should. Strangers have also come to know its merits, as this appointment evidences. Mr. George Crippen, its leader and musical director, has been untiring in giving the band its present prestige, which enterprise on his part is worthy the warm appreciation of our people. The band is now composed as followed, every member being a thorough musician: Geo. H. Crippen, director; Charles Roberts, J. S. R. Bates, A. R. Harvey, Fred Bates, G. H. Buckman, C. A. Shaw, Clarence Roberts, J. W. Holliday, Frank Spiney, F. J. Newton, A. T. Roberts, W. I. Warner, Albert Roberts, D. T. Armstrong,        Fidler, J. E. Snow, drum major.
Albert Roberts???...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
The Udall Sentinel says: “Albert Roberts, of Winfield, is the new proprietor of the City Meat Market. He brings his family here and will at once become a citizen.” Wonder if this can be our musical Al? Hope not.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
At the close of the services at the M. E. Church Sunday, Mrs. N. R. Wilson presented the horn quartette, Messrs. Crippen, Bates, Shaw, and Roberts, with lovely bouquets as an appreciation of the beautiful music they rendered. This choir, vocal and instrumental, is one of the very best. The vocalists are Mrs. Fred Blackman, Miss Lizzie McDonald, and Messrs. Chas. Black and Louie Brown, with Miss Maude Kelly, organist.
Al. Roberts does move to Udall. Looks like his brother, Chas. A. Roberts, might move to Udall also....
                                                UDALL SENTINEL CLIPS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.
Al. Roberts has moved his family up from Winfield, and will now give the meat market his personal attention. Al. is a musician, as well as his brother, Chas., and will likely become a member of our Sentinel band.
Chas. A. Roberts, of Winfield, a brother of Al. Roberts, our new butcher, is here this week helping Al. to get settled. Chas. is a cornetist and music teacher by profession, and his performance on the cornet is highly applauded by those who hear him. He may possibly locate here. If he does, the band boys may consider themselves fortunate in having among them such an excellent musician and teacher.
A. T. Roberts: There is a question now if he was the musician...
                                                         A BOLD TRICK.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.

R. A. O’Neal, a young man who lives four miles west of town, drove up to A. T. Roberts’ residence, near the Baptist church, Thursday evening and hitched. He had a fine young team. He stopped some little time. Upon coming out he was surprised to find the post, but no team. He thought at once that they had broken loose and torn everything up by that time. Hunting around, no trace of broken bridles could be found and he came to the conclusion that they were stolen. The night watchman noticed some boys riding around with this team and took it away from them. It is strange that the boys were not seen as parties were sitting on the porch at the neighbors. Some of the boys in the city are good ones. They might not steal a red hot stove, but would wait a long while for it to cool.
Al Roberts...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
Chas. Mayer, of Winfield, a friend of Al Roberts, has been visiting Udall this week. He is talking of renting the Commercial hotel. Sentinel.
Charles A. Roberts...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
C. A. Roberts, of Winfield, was here during our colt show, and helped out the Sentinel band with his playing. Charley is an excellent musician and teacher, and will accompany the Winfield Courier Band to Topeka. Udall Sentinel.
Roberts Brothers: Charles, Clarence, A. T. Roberts...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
The Kansas City Journal’s Topeka Reunion correspondent gave our Courier Cornet Band this notice: “The Second regiment band, of Winfield, known as the Courier band, saluted the Journal today, and gave the great daily a fine serenade. The members of the band are: G. H. Crippen, leader; J. E. Snow, C. Roberts, A. R. Harvey, Jesse and Fred Bates, C. H. Page, Judge Buckman, Clarence Roberts, Sidney Carnine, J. E. Holliday, Frank Spring, F. J. Newton, A. T. Roberts, W. I. Warner, J. D. Armstrong, and A. Fiddler. This band is a credit to Winfield, the members being the best young men of that beautiful city. The Journal extends greetings.
Mrs. Al. Roberts, Udall...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
Mrs. Al. Roberts was taken to Winfield Wednesday and has been placed under the care of Dr. Emerson. Mrs. Roberts was so weak that she had to be carried aboard the cars in a chair. We hope to hear soon that she is speedily recovering. Udall Sentinel.
Roberts orchestra...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
The Roberts orchestra, of this city, five pieces, will furnish the music for the G. A. R. ball at Burden Friday evening.
Albert Roberts...
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
Sarah Easton and hus to Albert Roberts, lot 4 and east hf of lot 5, blk 288, Thompson’s 3rd ad to Winfield: $875
Roberts orchestra...
                                                BURDEN’S G. A. R. BALL.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.

Our scribe took an eastern tour Friday night, to Burden—on business. It was the occasion of a ball by the G. A. R. Post of that flourishing little city. To say the event was a big success is putting it very mildly. It was about the biggest gathering of the kind Burden has ever had. It was a “house warmer,” dedicating the fine stone block of Jones & Snow [next two or three words illegible], one of the finest buildings in this section, one that would do credit to a much larger place than Burden. It is a hundred and twenty feet deep, a ten foot basement, magnificent store room, and an airy, roomy hall above. It represents a large sum and shows the great confidence of these gentlemen in the future of Burden. But to the ball. Burden and the surrounding country were fully represented, a large, refined, and attractive gathering of the best people. The Roberts orchestra, five pieces, furnished the music. It was charming. The crowd was one of the liveliest. With the corpulent and genial John Ledlie, commander of the Post, as master of ceremonies, everything went off as smoothly as clock work. The supper—we won’t attempt to do it justice. In the words of the ancient but appreciative philosopher, “the tables fairly groaned under their weight of tempting viands,” everything gentle women could array. The hospitality of the people of Burden is most whole-souled: a counterpart to the enterprise and flourish of the town. The Burden Lyceum building, a splendid stone structure built for public purposes by a stock company, will be finished in a few weeks, when another “house warming” will occur.
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                                                        THE RINK BALL.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The hop at the Rink last evening was well attended and very enjoyable. The music by the Roberts orchestra was excellent and the prompting of Chas. Gay, first class. Mr. Yocum had omitted nothing to make the occasion one of the pleasantest, and he succeeded finely. The rink is a splendid place to dance, a smooth, roomy floor, and good ventilation. The fact was fully established last night that just as good dances, with a comely, genial crowd, can be given at the Rink as anywhere. Manager Yocum is fast establishing the Rink in perfect deportment, as a place where no person can have the least delicacy in spending an evening. No objectionable persons are ever allowed; if they do work in, they are soon located and ousted.
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Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
Charley Roberts, Freeman Newton, and Fred Bates, of the Roberts Orchestra, got left by the train, Friday, and had to face the frigid blasts by team to Burden, where they played for the regular bi-weekly hop of the Young Men’s Social Club. The Burden boys are captivated with the music of our Orchestra, and will have it regularly during the winter. They want everything first-class, if expenses are a little elevated. Their hop last night was one of the liveliest, enhanced by the breezes from Alaska’s icy fields. As we have numerously remarked, it takes a mighty good town to excel Burden in social gatherings. They have a crowd of gentle, refined, and handsome young folks that would do credit to a much larger place. They have no clique or class—all genuine, free-hearted sociability.
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Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.

The ball at the rink Friday eve was a whooper—over sixty couples present who had the liveliest time in the mazy whirl, to the music of the Roberts orchestra. Everything went off smoothly and quietly with the prompting of Charles Gay. The maple floor of the rink, smooth and sleek, affords a magnificent surface upon which to “trip the light fantastic.”
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Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
The social hop at the Rink Friday eve was very well attended considering the fact of the show and the weather—both being antagonistic to the lucrative interest of the ball. Everything went off very smoothly under the guidance of Chas. Gay and the fine music of the Roberts Orchestra. The Rink was a busy throng of whirling dancers until the hands on the dial were nearing the hour of two, when they separated in the sweet realization that they had passed one of the most enjoyable evenings of the season. There will be another special ball given tonight at the Rink.
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                                                      THE BAL MASQUE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
The interest in the Bal Masque of the Pleasant Hour Club Thursday evening is warming up. Arkansas City, Burden, and other towns, a number of whose best citizens were invited, send word that they will be on hand with good delegations. And all of Winfield’s society people, married and single, will be there. The gentlemen who intend to mask will bear in mind that they must procure tickets of admission from the secretary at Brown & Son’s drug store, one for yourself and one for your lady, when your order for a carriage for your lady will be taken, and the carriage sent for her at the hour you name. No one can procure tickets whose name is not on the list of invited. There can be no misrepresentation of sex, and all maskers must raise their masks to a committee and leave with the committee a card, with your name and character represented. The Roberts Orchestra is preparing a special program of superb music. The invitation to spectators is general.
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                                               A GRAND SOCIAL EVENT.
                 The Pleasant Hour Club Scores Another Big Success in Its Annual
                                   Bal Masque at the Opera House Last Night.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.

Never did Winfield have a more successful and thoroughly pleasurable social event than last Thursday night at the Opera House, the fifth annual Bal Masque of the Pleasant Hour Club. It was the talk of the town from the issuing of the invitations and fully met the fondest expectations. The enthusiasm of the city’s young society people has been warm all winter—keener than for years, which insures supreme enjoyment of their every social gathering. But of course this was the eclat affair, as to arrangements and anticipation. By 9 o’clock the maskers, under the expeditious carriage accommodation of Arthur Bangs, were about all present, and the hall represented a novel and romantically interesting scene. The devil and the heavenly angel, wings and all, pooled issues and consorted as though the millennium was indeed at hand. The peasant and the lord clasped arms and drowned all distinction, while Uncle Sam watched the antics of the clown, the Castle Garden twins, and pussy kids with a satisfaction banishing all weights of state. At a little past nine, the grand promenade was formed and then the fun for the large audience of spectators, as well as for the weird and ghostly maskers, began in earnest.
On with the dance, let joy be unconfined!
No sleep till morn when youth and pleasure meet,
To chase the going hours with flying feet.
With the superb music of the Roberts’ orchestra, the splendid prompting of Chas. Gay and J. L. M. Hill as chief floor manager, the dances went on with a smoothness admirable. In manipulating the floor Mr. Hill, agreeably assisted by A. H. Doane, was perfectly at home, with a genial promptness at once recognized. About 65 couples were in mask, just enough to nicely fill the floor, without the crowd and jam too apt to mar the pleasure of such an occasion. The number of really fine costumes, especially among the ladies, was unusual and the disguises were remarkably good. At 11 o’clock the jolly maskers were lined around the hall and the masks lifted, when the usual “Well, who on earth would have ever thought it!” “Why, I knew you as soon as you took off your mask!” “How completely you fooled us, and what a dumpling of a suit.” A thousand ludicrous surprises were vented, as the “great unknown” confronted each other.
                                     THE REPRESENTATION.—THE LADIES.
Mrs. Senator Hackney, as “Airy Fairy Lillian,” was richly costumed and completely disguised.
Misses Nona Calhoun and Bert Morford, in their pink dominos and cute bonnets, were perfection twins, as to appearance, and fooled everybody.
Mrs. Frank W. Doane, in attractive colors and good disguise, was a splendid Spanish girl.
Miss Jennie Bangs was “Dolly Varden” to a T, with all her vivacious oddities of dress and action.
Mrs. C. L. Harter, Mrs. Ray Oliver, and Misses Lizzie and Margie Wallis concealed their identity as a lively quartette of black dominos, with church spire crowns. Nobody “caught on”—impossible with such a complete covering. Miss Lizzie also appeared as The Daughter of the Regiment, with a neat suit of stars and stripes.
Mrs. A. B. Taylor wore a very pretty costume, with bell trimming, and kept up a continual jingle.
Appropriate to the almanac, Mrs. Evelyn Judd cast the rays of the “full moon,” with identity unfathomable.
Mrs. A. C. Bangs dressed as a pretty waitress, and with ringing bell called the folks to “5 o’clock tea.”
Mrs. C. C. Black represented splendidly a peasant girl, and kept her identity from all.
Mrs. P. F. Wright appeared in a neat fancy costume.
Miss Emma Strong, in keeping with the elements, was dressed in snow and made a very frigid appearance—the opposite to the young lady herself.
Miss Nina Anderson was arrayed in The National Colors: a beautiful suit of red, white, and blue satin.
Mrs. J. C. Fuller was a French peasant girl, with the odd hat and costume complete, a good disguise.

Mrs. George C. Rembaugh was a Spanish girl, lively and graceful.
Miss Mattie T. Harrison, one of the most graceful dancers on the floor, was attired in a handsome fancy costume, black satin, lace-trimmed.
Miss Carrie B. Anderson was an Italian girl, with raven hair and varied colors, taking the character very nicely.
Miss Eva M. Dodds was happy, buoyant spring, with all its violets and daisies: a smile naturally taken.
Mrs. Perkins was attired in a fancy dress, rich and appropriate.
Mrs. D. Rodocker was a “fly brush,” with a rustle of paper strips of numerous colors.
Miss Sadie French, as the Gypsy, “Madame Zygii Zuigari,” was a thorough success, with a very pretty costume and raven hair.
Mrs. Will Whiting, a flower girl, was blithe and nicely costumed.
Mrs. C. S. Hewitt completely concealed her identity in a red domino.
Miss Ida Ritchie, the Quakeress, had all the peculiarities of dress and manner of that queerest of beings. She took the character splendidly.
Mrs. W. H. Albro wore a rich Oriental costume of red satin, lace trimmed, and beautifully made.
Miss Clara Brooks, as Topsy, was one of the liveliest characters on the floor, and puzzled all the boys.
Miss Nellie Cole, very appropriately represented as an angel, with an airy costume of beautifully figured Swiss, with the wings, crown and all: as pretty as a nymph.
Mrs. Dr. Emerson was attired in the peculiar Egyptian array, with silver bangles on pretty colored satin. She was taken for everybody else but herself.
Miss Kate B. Rodgers was a charming Scotch Lassie, with plaid colors and highland romance, and was well disguised.
Miss Mamie Baird was a representative of Ceres, the goddess of grain, and carried the character nicely.
Mrs. Ed. G. Cole was a rollicking peanut girl and bated all the boys with peanuts. Her suit was very pretty.
Mrs. B. H. Riddell was the center of attraction: Little Bo-Peep, with her short dress and shepherdess crook, and captivated all the gentlemen. Her costume was one of the very prettiest and her identity mum.
Miss May Hodges was an unique representation of a school girl, with her jump rope and roguish hat.
Mrs. I. W. Randall appeared in a handsome fancy costume and was well disguised.
Miss Bertha Barnes was a romantic representation of “Pocahontas,” in a lovely gold-colored satin dress with bead and arrow-head trimming and tall, feathered hat. It was a rich and pretty costume.
Mrs. H. H. Hosmer, as mamma’s little baby, was a very cute character, with her small stature and little lace bonnet and flowing gown.
Miss Grace Kincaid wore a handsomely made fancy costume, and being a visitor in the city, had no fear of detection.

Mrs. James Vance was a very fine simile of the daughter of the regiment, with a tasty costume of national colors.
Miss Fanny Saunders, as “Aurora,” was a pretty star, in Swiss array, and with her blond hair, confused everybody.
Miss Maggie Harper, in a beautiful black satin, lace trimmed costume, represented a Spanish girl very nicely.
Mrs. F. C. Hunt, the waiting maid, fooled everybody and was neatly costumed.
Miss Libbie Whitney, in a neat fancy costume, was among those whose disguises were most complete.
Mrs. W. R. Gray made an imposing Spanish girl, in a very pretty raven costume.
                                                             THE GENTS.
As an English Lord, Amos Snowhill was immense, with his rich “togging” and blonde wig.
Will A. Schuler, of Medicine Lodge, was a handsomely caparisoned cadet, just from West Point, all covered with the satin signs of relentless war.
Bret Crapster made a good sailor boy, but the tide was too high and swept away his mask early in the evening. As soon as it dropped, everybody knew him. He danced the evening through, all the same.
Captain Kidd, with his brace of wicked revolvers and bowies was there in all his glory, only to turn into mamma’s awkward, pug-nosed “kid,” “ma look at him style,” before the evening was half over. Sam Kleeman was the impersonator and did it well.
Will R. Gray was a tall success as a Highlander, but somehow a few “caught on.”
C. S. Hewitt was arrayed in a yellow domino, covering his identity entirely.
A. B. Taylor made a good looking Spaniard and had on a fine suit.
Frank Weaverling, little Frank, was an imposing Spanish Prince, and flew around among the Spanish girls at a lively rate.
A Snow Storm, the blizzard of the 7, was depicted by Frank N. Strong, who was the counterpart to his sister, Miss Emma. Mr. and Mrs. Snow Storm were an attractive couple.
Now we deliver the bakery. Old Father Time gets it. It was a tall clock, of antiquated design, and H. H. Hosmer was the “ticker” and winked at the girls through the key holes.
Willis A. Ritchie, Livey J. Buck, and Frank H. Greer were papa’s baby boys, with ludicrous make up and corporosity just alike, with whistle and rattle box accompaniment. Ritchie also appeared as the French Marquis; Buck as “Ingomar, the Barbarian,” and Greer as the “Bosting Dude.”
The Turkish Zouave was well taken by Moore Tanner, in regulation behavior.
Will McClellan was a sailor boy and got around over the terpsichorean ship in elegant shape.
Geo. W. Wright was a well-made up clown and got in the antics in proper shape.
The cutest characters among the gentlemen were the twin Dutchmen, fresh from Castle Garden, with their Dutchy mugs, and little pussy figures. The girls were completely gone on them from the start. They were a ludicrous looking pair, sure enough, Tom J. Eaton and Ed. J. McMullen. The disguise was perfect.
S. D. Harper, a Page, had one of the richest costumes, with curly blonde wig. Few caught on.

The K. P., with regulation uniform, was Eli Youngheim, whose mask “kerflumixed” and spoiled much of his fun.
Prince Ettriopia was finely represented by Phil Kleeman, in dazzling costume and wiry movement.
The occasion was jockeyed by W. D. Carey, whose cute cap and old-gold caparison caught all the girls. He was a very tony looking jockey.
E. R. Greer represented the Turk, on the spotted war path.
Uncle Sam is always around, taking in the actions of his numerous family and of course he was present on this occasion: tall hat and slim form, gray locks, and E Pluribus Unum pants and swallow-tailed coat. I. W. Randall took this character finely.
I. Martin was the king of the bat: the base-ball man, and got around lively.
The granger boy, with his gawky style, pig feet, and generally funny make-up, was well impersonated by F. W. Doane.
C. Whitington wore a fancy costume, with numerous highfalutin adornment, and had no trouble about concealing his identity.
Everett Schuler looked well as a Spanish gent and was taken for everybody. His suit was convenient and handsome.
J. F. Balliet was unique as Mikado, and like that opera, was all the rage. His suit was novel and pretty.
Hizoner, the Devil, a regular horny, red devil, was taken in all his hideousness by Frank F. Leland, and the folks associated as though his majesty was quite acceptable.
George H. Schuler was another devil, a black devil, with the usual pitchfork prongs, and with the red devil, came near ruling the roost. The influence of the angel on the black devil, however, was wonderfully taming.
Capt. Whiting was a tony jockey, wearing a rich satin cap and suit.
Harry Bahntge, as the Dutch clown, was awarded a share of the bakery. His rotund and symmetrical shape, pretty phiz, and general gait were very captivating.
At twelve o’clock an excellent supper was served by T. F. Axtell, for which the dancers were amply ready, and which was served in good style. Not till after two o’clock did the merry participants take the carriages for home, in the full realization of having spent one of the most enjoyable evenings of the city’s history. It was certainly a very satisfactory ball throughout, fully bearing out the splendid reputation of the Pleasant Hour Club.
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                                           FOR SWEET CHARITY’S SAKE.
                   Winfield’s Home Talent Again in the Front for a Worthy Object.
                                       The Charity Concert a Brilliant Success.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.

No city in the Union has more generous-hearted, public spirited people than Winfield. Their interest and energy in every good cause is wonderful. And no city can excel us in diversity and superiority of literary and musical talent. Last Thursday evening THE COURIER had an article calling attention to the fact that a number of families, as a result of the long, hard winter, with all avenues of labor closed, were in abject want, and suggesting a charity concert for the raising of a benefit fund, and stating that Judge Albright, with his characteristic public spirit, would furnish the Opera House for one or two nights for such purpose, as his donation. The Ladies Local Relief Society, of which Mrs. J. L. Horning, one of the city’s noblest workers in every good movement, is president, took the matter in hand, and the concert was determined on for Saturday evening, just two days after. Friday, E. F. Blair, on behalf of the ladies, began the arrangement of a program. There was no time for rehearsal. Each one assumed a part of their own selection and responsibility and the result was marvelous—a perfect index to the superiority of our home talent. The willingness and zeal with which the performers and citizens generally responded to this call was fully in harmony with the culture, refinement, and enterprise that have made our city famous. The ladies sold over seven hundred tickets the first day they were out, Friday, and Saturday evening the Opera House was a jam, and yet many who bought tickets were unable to get there.
The entertainment opened with a beautiful selection by a male quartette: Messrs. G. H. Buckman, E. F. Blair, J. S. R. Bates, and C. I. Forsyth, four of the city’s best male voices, with Mrs. L. H. Webb at the piano.
Then came the soprano solo, “When the Tide Comes In,” by Mrs. C. A. Bliss. Mrs. Bliss has a clear voice under perfect control and has long stood among the city’s leading soprano singers.
One of the best “hits” of the evening was Will Farringer, who appeared as a darkey dude, in “The Golden Stair,” chorused by a number of male voices. He was loudly encored and again convulsed the audience with “One More Ribber for to Cross.” Will is a good one in comic song.
The Baritone solo of O. Branham was a very fine rendition. He has a peculiarly deep and voluminous voice. His little daughter, Miss Florence, played the piano accompaniment remarkably well for one of her age.
The instrumental selection of Miss Pearl Van Doren, “Old Grimes,” with novel and beautiful variations, elicited high praise. Miss Pearl has advanced from the beginning under one of our best home instructors and has reached great proficiency. She touches the keys with a grace and ease at once noticeable.
Little Maud Scott, only four years old and scarcely larger, as the old saying goes, than “a pound of soap,” recited “Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight” in a manner that would do credit to many a person of maturity. She was wildly encored and again came forward with “What Ails My Papa’s Mouth?” She is certainly a prodigy. She can’t read a thing—merely knows her letters. She recites beautifully some quite heavy pieces, taught by her mother. She has a strong, clear voice, perfect self-possession, and a great love for recitation. The audience was profuse in worthy laudations.
Charlie Roberts’ cornet solo, “Polke de Concert,” was finely performed. He handles the cornet with much proficiency. He is from “Hould Hingland” and was at one time connected with one of the Royal bands.
The descriptive song of Judge Buckman, “The Pilgrims Progress,” gave good scope for the Judge’s fine tenor voice. Mr. Buckman is unexcelled among vocalists. His voice is clear and his enunciation very distinct, with great versatility.

“Sixth Air With Variations,” Clarence Roberts on violin and Miss Nettie McCoy at the piano, exhibited superior musical culture. Clarence is complete master of the violin, while as a pianist Miss McCoy has few equals.
“Home is Where the Mother is,” was beautifully sung by Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brown, Mr. F. D. Blackman, and Chas. Slack, four of the city’s best vocalists, whose services in the Methodist choir have made the talent familiar to all.
The Courier Cornet Band is always forward for any good cause. In addition to fine music preceding the concert, they have a charming overture, “The Rivals,” as a part of the program. This is one of the best bands in the state, and its splendid music is always justly recognized.
A vocal trio, Roses and Violets,” by Mrs. Blackman, Mrs. Brown, and Mrs. Slack, was next on the program, a lovely selection and very nicely sung.
The excellent musical talent of Al. Roberts is well known to everybody. He can play and instrument and his music is always classic. His guitar solo was a novelty in the program and was highly appreciated.
Mrs. E. G. Cole, whose frequent appearance before Winfield audiences in years gone by, acquainted all with her sweet voice and attractive presence, appeared again Saturday evening for the first time in two years, in “Glide Forth, Oh Gentle Dove,” a popular selection and splendidly rendered.
“Homeward Bound,” with Mrs. Blair at the piano, gave ample volume for the superior voices and culture of Judge Buckman and Judge Snow. Judge Snow’s rich bass voice has become as standard in our musical circles as has Judge Buckman’s. They are both old stand-byes.
Chas. I. Forsyth, the attorney recently located here, made his first appearance before a Winfield audience in a baritone solo, “The White Squall.” This is one of the most thrilling of musical compositions, and was most admirably sung by Mr. Forsyth, who has a very rich and distinct base voice and will take prominence among our musicians.
A pleasant relief was the recitation, “Wintergreen Berries,” by Mrs. Flo Williams. Though giving no special attention to elocution, she exhibits culture and natural talent in voice and gesture by no means mediocre. Her rendition was very well received.
A pleasant relief was the recitation, “Wintergreen Berries,” by Mrs. Flo Williams. Though giving no special attention to elocution, she exhibits culture and natural talent in voice and gesture by no means mediocre. Her rendition was very well received.
“The Battle of Murpheysville,” a thrilling descriptive song, was given by Mr. Blair, one of the city’s best tenor voices, with Mrs. Blair at the piano. Mr. Blair’s voice is peculiarly soft and versatile. He has a love and cultured talent for music that have kept him to the front in our musical circles for years.
The immense convulser of the occasion was the duet, “A Fine Old Diechan gintleman” and “A fine old Irish Gintleman,” specially and hurriedly prepared for this event by Judge Buckman and Mr. Blair. It was full of local hits that brought out roars of laughter. The Judge and Mr. Blair are a rattling musical team.
The Misses Leith and Shay gave a violin and piano duet, “Tyroler Valksteid,” which was well received, and a pleasant novelty owing to a feminine hand being at the bow.

The appearance of Mr. and Mrs. Blair, Mrs. W. H. Albro, and Judge Snow brought up the long ago when this quartette sang so steadily as the Episcopal choir, appearing in numerous concerts. They are all excellent musicians and sang beautifully “Love’s Happy, Golden Days.”
The entertainment closed with “Ring Dem Hebbenly Bells,” led by Mr. Blair, with some “bully” local “hits” and chorused by all the male voices who had taken part in the concert.
Winfield never had a more successful entertainment than this—remarkably successful considering no rehearsal. Mr. Blair in arranging and carrying out the program showed himself an adept as a musical organizer. There was not a break to mar the occasion, and the performances were all of a high order.
The Local Relief Society thus raised a fund of over $250, that will be judiciously applied to the city’s worthy poor, and will take much sunshine into many an unfortunate home. Should this warm weather be the opening of spring, this fund will carry the needy through. If the cold weather continues, another concert will likely be necessary, for which we have ample talent that didn’t appear this time.
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                                                   A CHARMING EVENT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Certainly there could be no happier occasion than that at the elegant and spacious home of C. F. Bahntge, Thursday. It was the bi-weekly party of the G. O. club. The popularity of Misses Bert Morford and Nona Calhoun and Messrs. Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge as entertainers was fully sustained—warm-hearted, graceful, lively and free, a manner that completely banished all restraint and made supreme gaiety unalloyed.
The guests were: Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, and Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Ida Ritchie, Mattie Harrison, Sallie Bass, Jennie Hane, Anna Hunt, Mary Randall, Mary Berkey, Emma Strong, Leota Gary, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Ida Johnston, Nell and Kate Rodgers, Nellie Cole, Hattie Stolp, Eva Dodds, and Lizzie and Margie Wallis; Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, P. H. Albright, G. E. Lindsley, Will E. Hodges, Byron Rudolf, Everett T. and George H. Schuler, Ed. J. McMullen, Lacey T. Tomlin, Tom J. Eaton, Willis A. Ritchie, Harry Sickafoose, Wm. D. Carey, Frank N. Strong, Frank F. Leland, Ivan A. Robinson, Addison Brown, and Frank H. Greer.
The appointments of this richly furnished and very agreeable home are splendidly adapted to a gathering of this kind. The Roberts Orchestra was present with its charming music and the joyous guests indulged in the “mazy” to their heart’s content, mingling cards and tete-a-tete. The collation was especially excellent and bounteous. Nothing but the ancient “wee sma” hours abridged the gaiety, when all departed with warmest appreciation of their delightful entertainers.
And right here we can’t quell the remark that the young ladies have made a brilliant success of the G. O. Club. It is one of the most pleasurable sources of amusement yet inaugurated in the city—one giving the young ladies ample scope to exhibit their superior qualities in the entertainment line. It is a very pleasant and successful alternate to the Pleasant Hour Club. Of course the P. H. has long since delivered the prize to the G. O.
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                                                 PLEASANT HOUR CLUB.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.

Some fifty couples enjoyed the pleasure of the dance at the opera house last evening. The reporter dropped in for the first time since “The Pleasant Hour Club” organized these social hops, and was pleased to see that Winfield can boast of as high-toned and delightful a club as can be found anywhere. Everything showed that gallantry and high breeding which is natural to gentlemen and that grace and cultured manner which belong to the refined ladies. Of course, the music by Roberts’ Orchestra was grand, while the prompting by Chas. Gay was excellent.
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Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
About fifty couples from the rural districts gathered at the rink Friday and tripped the light fantastic to the music of the Roberts Orchestra and the prompting of Chas. Gay till a late hour. This is a big thing for the country boys, as the rink floor is as fine as can be found for this amusement—spacious and smooth as glass.


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